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1. ### Sentence Coordinates

Do Word Coordinates, using words (out of sequence) that will make a sentence. Have each student that jumps to a word to stay by the word. Ask the class to determine the sequence that will make a sentence. Everyone...

2. ### Word Coordinates

This combines math and literacy. Make two sets of index cards with the numbers 1-10. (Each set should be a different color.) Stand at the bottom left corner of the grid. Explain the concept of coordinates (“across” and “up”)...

3. ### “Skip Counting” by 3’s and 4’s

This is a progression of “Skip Counting” by 2’s and 5’s because the rows of 10 are not multiples of either 3 or 4. You need to explain to the students that there will be leftover numbers at the...

4. ### “Skip Counting” by 2’s and 5’s

Have students on the left side of the mat. Tell the student by row 1 that he/she will be stepping on each word in the row, saying either “one” or “two” all the way across. Direct the student as...

5. ### The Dice Have It

This is a variation on “The Tens Have It.” Distribute word cards to a few students and ask them to identify and then jump to their words. Ask another student to roll a die while a different student calls...

6. ### The Tens Have It

Write +10, -10, +20, and -20 on index cards. Toss a beanbag towards the center of the mat . Have a student travel to it and then clap 3x while saying the word. Pull one of the cards and...

7. ### Race to the Start

Same as “Race to the Finish” but starting at “Find” and traveling to the top of the mat. Additional variation: Students may walk backward instead of Forward.

8. ### Race to the Finish

Two students line up at “I”. The first student rolls a 12-sided die and takes that number of steps. The student does something with the word he/she lands on: e.g., says it 3x while clapping or spells it while...

9. ### Simon Says

Play the game “Simon Says,” using instructions appropriate to the grade level. For younger students, you might say, “Stand on a word that begins with the letter _____” or “Stand on a word that has a short vowel sound.”...

10. ### Syllables

Can you find a word with 2 syllables? Jump to that word and think of a non-locomotor movement (e.g., bounce, kick, lunge, swing, twist, etc.) to represent the syllables. Lead the class in doing that movement once for each...